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The Marfa Mystery Lights

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Address: Marfa, TX
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Mysterious dancing lights ("ghost lights") in the sky over Marfa...

Mysterious dancing lights ("ghost lights") in the sky over Marfa after dark.

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Well, we TRIED TO SEE THE Marfa Mystery Lights..... we tried. We stopped by the observatory to use the restrooms and check things out on our way to dinner, FULLY PLANNING on... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
P5_Crazy_Train
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G-Patch, Texas
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San Antonio, TX
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82 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If my headline doesn't quite give it away; Ill add a bit more detail. No trip to Marfa is complete without a stop at the Mystery Lights viewing center. On a cool night, be sure to dress warmly (or bring a drink that will do the trick) Although nothing resembling any mystery lights was seen in the hour or so... More 

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Oceanside, California
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We arrived in Marfa on a Sunday in January after the visitor center was already closed. So, we weren't able to gather information about what we might expect to see. We saw photos and videos posted on line that were very similar to what we viewed , but we don't believe that was the phenomenon that may sometimes appear in... More 

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Thank CindyRos
San Marcos, Texas
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34 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This cool phenomenon is a must when in Marfa. We have visited numerous times over the past 25 years and have always seen the lights my great observation area with benches and toilets. Always meet people from around the world who have heard about the lights and have to see them for themselves.

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London, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you go to Marfa, you have to try to see the lights. It is a mystery but as a spectacle seriously oversold. But it IS quick which is something.

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Thank Oliverjulian
Dallas, Texas
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171 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Yeah, all we saw were headlights and dome lights from all the other tourists who came to the advertised highway pull-out to experience the Marfa Lights. We gave up after about 15 minutes. I wish we would have asked someone in Marfa where we might go park that would be more secluded.

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Thank Anna B
Laguna Beach, CA
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156 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I decided that I needed to go out and see what all the fuss was about regarding the Marfa Lights. Maybe I was unimpressed because it was so cold, or maybe a bunch of jumping lights out in the distance didn't quite impress me. It is a great place to photograph stars due to being out of town, but the... More 

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Thank TravelsWithStephen
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have done this twice and it is great! The observation facility is very nice. A fun, quick thing to do and easily accessible.

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Thank Kcsaucier
G-Patch, Texas
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455 reviews
195 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well, we TRIED TO SEE THE Marfa Mystery Lights..... we tried. We stopped by the observatory to use the restrooms and check things out on our way to dinner, FULLY PLANNING on returning for what we were just POSITIVE was going to be the greatest supernatural light show Marfa has ever laid eyes on. HOWEVER, as the winds whipped over... More 

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Perth, Australia
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17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A nice night out under the stars. Not sure if we saw the actual mystery lights (not sure what we were looking for!) but we did see many small lights appearing, disappearing and moving around and had a lovely night out I the desert, watching the sun set, Taking photos, watching the sun set and chatting to other visitors and... More 

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Redlands, California
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you’re in the area, you have to go. Make sure to wait until at least an hour past sunset for complete darkness, and it’s best on a clear night without a full moon. On the night I was there, there were a lot of people. It was fun but it was too hazy to see any lights. The viewing... More 

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